#8 Nebraska 26
Kansas 0

Nov. 7, 1936 • Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kans.

Huskers Get Easy Victory

Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kans., Nov. 7—More than 10 thousand blanketed and galoshed Kansans huddled in this windswept cement horseshoe Saturday to holler and clap their support of a combined ticket of young native Kansans and young naturalized Kansans who were mostly reared in the hills of Pennsylvania.

But in spite of the more than thousands’ darndest efforts, Kansas went overwhelmingly Cornhusker.

The vote was Cornhusker 26, Jayhawkers 0.

Landon Is Absent

Gov. Alf M. Landon had been invited to attend the exercises as a homecoming guest of honor, and a box was prepared for him, fittingly bedecked in star spangled bunting. But Governor Landon didn’t come, which probably was just as well, as nothing took place here this day that could be regarded as providing an old grad of K.U. with the slightest need of consolation for another landslide that happened earlier in the week.

While the Huskers were sweeping to their most decisive victory over the Jayhawks since 1927, the Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats were warring to a touchdown apiece deadlock at Norman.

Two Jay Threats

This even-stephen outcome cinched a Big Six championship tie for the Nebraska boys. They can win their seventh title in nine years on their own grounds November 21 either by licking the Wildcats or holding them even. To share the title, the Wildcats must win.

Twice this afternoon, once against Dana Bible’s No. 1 lineup and once against a conglomeration of second, third and fourth call hands, young Headmaster Lindsey’s sophomoric Jayhawks got themselves pretty deeply into Cornhusker territory, but when they got there they didn’t have the munitions to blast or bomb their way across the goal.

20 in 19 Minutes

Their only hope was bombing from the air, and although they must have discovered the futility of this early in the proceedings, they kept it up throughout, probably because there was nothing else to do. Their attempts at running were rudely and devastatingly crushed, often turned back upon themselves. In the air, there was always the desperate, prayerful hope that a hit might be scored.

Dana Bible’s No. 1 scholars played only for the first 19 minutes, during which they produced 20 points, on touchdowns by Samuel Francis, Lloyd Cardwell and Johnny Howell, and two placements for the extra point by Samuel’s big left foot.

34 in Action

Right after Howell had scored the first touchdown of his football career early in the second period, Colonel Bible chased in a new team, and this he revised pretty frequently until the timer’s pistol popped taps.

Colonel Bible brought along 36 varsity hands and used 34 of them, all save the injured Bobby Mehring and John Ellis, who did his stint of captaining from the bench, because of a sprained ankle suffered during Friday’s limbering up.

The second stringers made six points to bring the total to 26 on Harris Andrews’ 31-yard zig-zag sprint with a minute of the first half remaining. Harris began the profit-taking by catching a pass thrown by Thurston Phelps from the K.U. 43.

Misplays Are Many

During the last 30 minutes, the understudies of the understudies generally held the truculent, panting Jayhawks helpless, but there were intervals when they found themselves forced to exert considerable try. These intervals were often of their own manufacture.

The entire game was somewhat marred, somewhat enlivened by a series of the dog-gonnedest misplays I’ve looked upon in many a week. There were fumbles and clean misses of punts and passes that almost begged to be fielded. There were long runs, one of them 88 yards across the goal by Sam Francis, that were nullified by breaches of etiquette.

It was, all in all, a rather wearisome afternoon that found old K.U.’s very fresh young athletes completely outclassed but ever trying in the quarrelsome awkward way that a big puppy shares and growls and bounds about.

Sam Across First

The scoring proceedings deserve very little detailed narration. Let’s look at ‘em as quickly as possible:

No. 1—Cardwell intercepted Max Replogle’s pass on Kansas’ 45 and dashed 25 yards before George Hapgood crowded him over the sideline. Twice Francis whanged at the middle, made five, Cardie dashed around right end, was forced out seven yards from the goal. Sam’l plunged for the touchdown, carrying two Jayhawkers on his back. Sam’l kicked goal, and nine minutes of the game were gone.

No. 2—Cardie took 15 yards off Replogle’s punt before he was crowded out of bounds on his own 45. End runs and reverses off tackles by Cardie and Ron Douglas and smashes by Francis advanced the battle zone to the K.U. 22. Howell pitched to Les McDonald, Les lateralled to Douglas, and six points were eight yards ahead. Francis tossed a short lateral to Howell, who skirted right end and ran across the zero stripe for the first time in his prep and college career. Until today his scoring had consisted of a placement after touchdown, scored for Central High. Two minutes, 40 seconds of the second period had passed when Francis’ kick lifted the score to 14.

Long Run Nullified

No. 3—The manufacture of this one started on the kickoff that followed Howell’s scoring. Francis fielded the ball on his own 12, and began the same sort of progress that made six points against Iowa State. Strange as it seems, his sod-shaking pounding was faster than the sprinting of the kids who pursued him. He was doing nicely without much help. He was ahead of both mates and opponents when he crossed the goal. He was leading them with about eight yards to go when Guard Lowell English made a spectacular but illegal block of a K.U. boy who was panting along a good dozen paces behind the hammering Samuel. “Clipping,” ruled the officials and Nebraska had not six points, but the ball and 34 more yards to go.

From there Cardie, Douglas and Sam’l advanced to the eight. From the eight Cardie shot around right end, and across. This time Sam’l’s kick was wide. Four minutes of the quarter had been played. In went the Cornhusker second lineup.

Andrew Counts

No. 4—Little Man Andrews intercepted Emil Weinecke’s pass and fought back six paces to the Nebraska 43. From there Phelps passed to Little Man. He made the catch on the Kansas 31, raced to the nearest sideline, pivoted and dashed obliquely back toward the goal. He went over in the corner. Melvin Plock’s kick was blocked.

A minute later the half was over.

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Oklahoma Oct. 24
Missouri Oct. 31
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